Illegal raves

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Kemi Badenoch
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recently an illegal rave in Lambeth resulted in large-scale public disorder and a number of police officers being injured. How often has the Metropolitan Police Service been required to attend and stop illegal raves in the last three years, and what proactive measures are being taken to prevent such instances from occurring?


Answer for Illegal raves

Answer for Illegal raves

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is not possible to give an accurate figure in relation to unlicensed music events (UME) attended and stopped in the past 3 years as reports can be described and reported in a number of different ways, i.e. noise nuisance, loud party, ASB etc.

Due to the covert nature of many unlicensed music events, the exact details are often not available until the last minute or indeed once an event has started.  Resources are then deployed in response to intelligence as required.

The MPS continues to conduct open source searching for possible unlicensed music events, and there is a structure and policy in place to deal with any unlicensed music events that are brought to the notice of the MPS. 

Prevention is an ongoing process with local officers monitoring potential sites and seeking to secure them with the landlords.